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What were you favourite bands when you were a kid or a teenager? What do you think that says about you and your community?

The TEDsters were born in different eras, different places all over the world.

What music you chose, why you do it and what that expresses says a lot about the person, the times, the moral paradigm and political landscape.

Music has always been an integral part of my life. I've been a goth, an emo, a rock-girl, a punk and more, both listening and making music, depending on the period. Some bands that have influenced me are still a good reference, some of them are just a sentimental insight.

Back to the question - what music did you chose when you were young and what do you think it says about the times, the community you grew up in and you yourself, as a person?

In other words - some like Iron Maiden, some like U2, some like other bands, some like everything, some do not. Why do you think that is?

All replies and comments are welcome.


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  • Aug 7 2013: I have enjoyed reading these comments. This is the opening paragraphs in a book I am writting. The book is about how I came to the my approach to life. Song were one means to sort out life. My Philosophy Through Songs

    This truth could be called pop psychology. You know, pop music psychology. Sorry about my attempt at humor. A number of my early ideas of how life should and could be were learned or at least introduced though songs. As you will see there were some very useful up sides to this, but there were also some down sides. Probably the most obvious down side was my unrealistic view of relationships. I bought the Cinderella story. It is highly promoted in songs. Specifically, my princess will one day find me and all the bad things in life will disappear and she will save me. In reality, she may help me in the quest over loneliness, but I'm the one that has to conquer that beast. However, at the same time it promotes hope for greater and better things. Something I needed and still need. Something I think we all need.

    I still quite often notice that in some situations, the words to a song leads to my response. Sometimes but not often it is the entire song. More often however it is a phrase or even just a few words that resonant with me. I seldom even recall the song name or who wrote/sang it. As a example of words to a song, I don't recall the name, when it was written, or who wrote or sang it is, “...where the eagle flies with the dove, if you can't be with the one you love, honey love the one you're with...” I know I was young, a teenager or early twenties, and love was new, confusing, and girls were just now beginning to show interest. I had an image of what my love interest would be like. None of course lived up to this image. I never felt with any girl how I imaged they would make me feel. So even though I wasn't with the actual one that would be the love of my life and of course save me, I could enjoy and love the one I was with.
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      Aug 8 2013: Thanks, Milo.

      People can struck words into our heads and if it's done by means of songs that can be played again and again and again the process is definitely more effective.

      Are the opening paragraphs in the comment above? I found that part slightly confusing.
      • Aug 8 2013: The two paragrpahs are the first two paragraphs from one of the chapters in a book I'm working on. I ran out of room for further explanation. Songs provided a means for me to understand the world in which I lived. They either spoke to me about how I viewed life or comforted me about how I was feeling about the difficuties in life. I also passed o looking at yoru question. But glad i did. It has been extremely interesting particularly since I have a close connection to those songs of youth.

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